Versa is a biannual publication and will be published every autumn and spring term. Versa will replace the former magazine, OA Bulletin and will offer a comprehensive insight into the many facets of alumni life.
6 OA Events 1ST VII NETBALL TEAM GIRLS’ NETBALL and afternoon tea On Saturday 16th September, we welcomed the return of OAs to play in our annual netball match against the first VII. Seven OAs, all of whom left St Albans School in 2014, came back to brush up on their netball skills and try to defeat the current squad. Although the OA girls were unable to secure a victory, they thoroughly enjoyed their nostalgic visit to Woollams. Afterwards, the OAs and the current squad enjoyed a well-deserved Prosecco afternoon tea while they reminisced about their time at School and discussed their future plans. HAILEYBURY Sixes The annual Haileybury Sixes competition is always a highlight in the hockey calendar for OAs. On Sunday 24th September, St Albans School alumni put in a sterling effort against teams such as Bryanston, Clifton and of course Haileybury. We reached the Quarter Finals, losing to this year’s winners of the competition, St Edwards. Congratulations go to OAs Robin Pendock (2011), Bradley Hudson (2010), Alex Terry (2013), Harry Di-Lieto (2013), Nial Parkash (2013), Michael Grimshaw (2010) and our two current students, Bertie Arbuthnott and Chris Fletcher. It was great to see some recent leavers returning to play after three years at University. The Development Office is keen to organise future events which encourage female OAs to get together with old friends at the School. Whether it’s a netball match, a curry night or even a gin tasting evening, please do let us know what kind of event would interest you. We are keen to hear your suggestions! Please contact the Development Office at firstname.lastname@example.org
7 AN EVENING WITH… Mitchell Zhangazha We were delighted to welcome back Mitchell Zhangazha (OA 2013) on Thursday 5th October for one of our ‘An Evening with…’ events. West End actor Mitchell kicked off the evening with a fascinating discussion about his career, followed by a Q&A session hosted by Danny Swanson (Drama) on his experiences working in theatre, including the West End productions of Thriller Live!, Peter Pan, Oliver!, The Lion King and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Mitchell also treated us to some stunning vocals and sang ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered’ by Stevie Wonder, ‘Who’s Lovin’ You’ by Jackson Five and ‘Reet Petite’ by Jackie Wilson. Mitchell has acted in the West End since the age of seven and is making an excellent start to his professional career, having recently taken a lead role in the Edinburgh production of Five Guys Named Moe. We look forward to following his career in the future! Read more about this event on the School side of the magazine. OA DINNER A big thanks goes to all of the OAs who joined us for the OA Dinner on Friday 22nd September. It was a great success and one of our biggest OA Dinner turnouts! The evening started with optional School tours, a drinks reception with prosecco and culminated with a two-course Steak & Guinness pie dinner and a lemon mousse to finish. With around 100 people in attendance, tables were organised chronologically by year group and we were able to reunite many OAs with old friends. It was a walk through time and a great chance to not only reminisce with contemporaries, but also a chance to meet OAs from other years and see how the School has changed over time. MILL HILL v St Albans 1st XV We were delighted to see a great OA turnout on Friday 15th September for one of the first big rugby fixtures of the term – St Albans School 1st XV v Mill Hill. As we had brought in floodlights for the occasion, OAs were able to meet in the School Pavilion and enjoy a bar and bacon and sausage butties, whilst watching a great game. SAS won the match 17-7 so it was a great end to a successful evening! We hope to invite more OAs back to Woollams for future matches so please keep an eye on your emails and social media. Alan Philpott (OA 1962) brought in a long-lost piece of St Albans School history; an old toy bear sporting a St Albans School uniform, owned by Paul Gismondi (OA 1970). The bear was Paul’s mascot during his School days, and his mother created the kit out of an old scarf and badge. Mike Hodge (OA President) gave one of his famous speeches at the end of the Dinner and paid the OA Club’s ‘annual fee’ of one peppercorn to the Headmaster. We were pleased to launch our new book, Inspiring Old Albanians, at the Dinner which proved a great success – selling out of all of the stock on the table! If you would like to buy a copy, please take a look at page 15 for details on how to purchase merchandise. We hope that next year’s OA Dinner will be equally successful and you should expect to hear from us in August 2018 with news of the next theme!